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Valve took a major step in growing its Steam digital distribution platform today by adding movie rentals to the mix. The addition of movies to Steam's catalog is a first, and it was made possible through a deal with Lionsgate Entertainment that immediately fleshes out the service with more than 100 flicks. This is a big deal for Valve and its Steam platform, one that hints at the company's plans of expanding Steam into an entertainment juggernaut. Steam is already the biggest digital distribution platform on the planet for games, and while it has a long way to go before it can claim the same for... Read more...
As more and more people cut the cable cord, cable companies, media companies and content creators alike are scrambling to make sure that those who want access to their services have it. Over the past couple of years, we've seen many examples of companies dropping their cable TV exclusivity, with Dish being one of the most notable. Last February, the Dish released a $20/mo package through Sling TV, and without much of a delay, AMC jumped on board, and so did HBO. With that kind of content support, it's of little surprise that other big media and major carriers wants a bit of the online action as... Read more...
A new plugin from Torrents Time that allows users to anonymously download and stream torrents directly in their browser of choice (it supports Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari) is garnering all kinds of attention, both good and bad. That's especially true since The Pirate Bay (TPB) decided to embed the technology on its website, a move that resulted in a Hollywood-backed anti-piracy group sending a cease and desist letter to Torrents Time. Located in the Netherlands, the anti-piracy group that's gotten involved is called BREIN. In its letter to Torrents Time, BREIN accuses the developers... Read more...
Several companies have tried to topple Spotify in the streaming music space, including bigwigs Microsoft (Groove, formerly Xbox Music) and Apple (Apple Music), yet it remains one of the most popular options out there. But lest Spotify rest on its laurels, there's another big name reportedly crashing the party—Amazon.Amazon already dabbles in streaming music, which it offers as a free perk to its Prime members. However, it's not an all-out streaming service and instead boasts a comparatively small library of 1 million songs. What Amazon has in store for the streaming music space is a standalone... Read more...
The next frontier in television is cutting the cord with traditional cable and satellite providers in favor of streaming content from the Internet. We've already seen it to some extent with services like Hulu and Netflix, but we're still waiting for that one unbeatable service to rule them all. Apple hopes to be it, provided it can make headway in negotiations with programmers. Therein lies the rub. Media companies have been painfully slow to adapt to the Internet era, choosing instead to cling onto old business models. A similar scenario played out when music made the transition from cassette... Read more...
Pakistan has ended its ban on YouTube that began in 2012 over "Innocence of Muslims," an anti-Islam movie upload that triggered demonstrations and violent protests in various countries, Pakistan among them. Over a dozen people died in protests that took place in Pakistan. The ban was to remain in place until Google allowed government officials to screen for "blasphemous content." Google didn't bend quite as far, though it did assure a senior official in the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority that blasphemous content had been taken down. The company also agreed to field reports for review and,... Read more...
I have a confession to make and it involves the Xbox One. There are two in my household -- one that sits upstairs in my son's room and another that resides in my living room. The one downstairs is mine and while I'd like to say I spend hours on the thing beating up foes and playing the latest titles, my use of the Xbox One is almost completely exclusive to streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu. What a waste, right? The sad truth is I've found it hard to find the time to play games, or at least justify the time when deadlines loom, projects around the house need attending, and so forth. If I were... Read more...
It's going to be a merry Christmas for fans of The Beatles. At long last, they'll be able to stream hundreds of songs from the iconic band through a choice of nine different streaming services, including Apple Music, Amazon Prime Music, Deezer, Google Play Music, Microsoft Groove, Napster, Slacker Radio, Spotify, and Tidal. The Beatles music has been curious absent from streaming services up to this point, and it was only in 2010 that the band's music finally made its way to iTunes, seven years after Apple introduced it to the world. It could (and still can) also be heard on YouTube, which boasts... Read more...
Netflix is on a mission to re-encode its entire library of movies and TV shows. The ambitious goal is to reduce data consumption by up to 20 percent without a degradation in video performance, and based on internal tests in which Netflix challenged employees to spot the difference between new and old streams, the effort seems to be working.The challenge was simple. Netflix placed two televisions side by side, each playing the same content except that one was streaming video based on the new bandwidth saving technology. Any employee who could spot a difference would win a bottle of champagne. In... Read more...
The $129 Roku 4 may be the flagship of Roku’s streaming lineup, but that doesn’t mean that the company has forgotten about the folks that don’t need a voice-controlled remote or 4K support. That’s where the new Roku SE comes in, which is for people that just want the basics when it comes to a streaming box. First of all, the Roku SE has a suggested retail price of just $49.99, however, it will debut on Black Friday with a price tag of $25. The Roku SE will be available in “limited supplies” from Roku’s online store and select retailers, so if you’re at all interested, you’d better order it fast... Read more...
Given the proliferation of online video streaming, you could say that it's taking quite some time for cable companies to "get with it" and begin offering us their wares online. It's no secret that the number of cord-cutters is steadily increasing, and it's no wonder why: services like Netflix have made it easy to watch content online in very good quality, and through a number of different devices. Well, it seems like Time Warner is going to be one of the first out the door with an online version of its cable TV service, and at first, it's just going to be using New York City as the testing ground.... Read more...
It's taken Apple just three and a half months to amass 6.5 million paid subscribers to its streaming music service. That's nearly a third of the number of users who pay a monthly fee to Spotify, which is sitting at 20 million paid subscribers after seven years in the streaming business. As you imagine, Tim Cook is pleased with how things are going. Cook revealed the 6.5 million figure while speaking at The Wall Street Journal's WSJDLive 2015 event. According to Cook, "people love the human curation" that Apple Music offers, noting that prior to launching the service he was tired of hearing the... Read more...
NVIDIA has been a champion of game streaming for a number of years now. Whether it be from a GeForce GTX-equipped PC to one of its SHIELD devices or from its cloud-based GRID beta service to a SHIELD, NVIDIA has been at the forefront of game streaming for a quite a while. Today though, NVIDIA is kicking its game streaming business up a few notches by launching a new service dubbed GeForce NOW. The NVIDIA GeForce NOW service streams PC games from the cloud to SHIELD devices at up to Full HD 1080p resolutions at 60 fps. It may be tempting to call GeForce NOW an official re-branding of its GRID game... Read more...
Those of you with kids and a significant other know the struggle when it comes to streaming music services. You can try to share an account with the little ones, who will leech on and seemingly fire up playlists during every waking moment (or at least when YOU want to rock out to some tunes), or suck it up and get them their own subscription. This is where family plans come into play, and Google is reportedly jumping on board with the multiple user movement.According to the folks at Android Police, new Nexus handsets and Chromebook models aren't the only thing Google will unveil tomorrow. It's... Read more...
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